Ex-official pleads guilty to embezzlement

By: 
Dan Pepper
“I did borrow $16,500 from him and I loaned $10,750 to a guy who was helping me run for state rep,” Burns said.

Former Allegan County commissioner and Saugatuck Township supervisor Terry Burns has entered a guilty plea to attempted embezzlement charges.

Burns, 71, of Saugatuck Township was in court Monday, June 30, where he admitted to lending himself and a political consultant money belonging to Joseph Migas, of whom Burns had been appointed guardian.

Migas, the former owner of Mi Ro Golf Course, hotel and lounge in Saugatuck Township, is suffering from dementia, according to court records, and Burns, whose late father was a longtime friend of Migas, was appointed by Allegan County Probate Court to manage his financial affairs.

Burns pleaded guilty to attempting embezzlement of $20,000 to $50,000 from a vulnerable adult as part of a plea agreement with Allegan County prosecutors, who agreed to drop the original charge of actual embezzlement.

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